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What stuck out to me was this:

The couple runs a thrift shop, and the routinely buy the contents of unpaid storage units. Their $1,700 bid won an auction for the Toyota.

"And then we found out it was stolen," Michelle Pierce told Keefe.

When they discovered the car was stolen, they telephoned 911 and immediately turned the Toyota over to Clayton County Police. But when Michael and Michelle discovered no one had a claim on the car, they went back to the Clayton County Police Department and got a signed release from the Police Department impound.
I can't wrap my head around this. Cars are titled and registered to people. Wouldn't the previous owner have a claim to it, or their insurance company if insurance had covered the loss? How does something even become "stolen" in the eyes of the law if the rightful owner doesn't report it as such?
 

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The insurance could have bought the car and not deem it worth picking up for the money they get from scrap or selling it to the pull a parts.
 

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Depending on how long ago it was stolen the insurance may have declared the claim as unrecoverable. This could release their claim on the vehicle Once the insurance company had paid the claim to the owner the owners claim on the vehicle is satisfied and no longer applicable.
 

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Just wow! Small town, backwoods style corruption unleashed against honest citizens. I'm just shaking my head that this kind of thing still happens today. :shakehead:
 

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So after all this, they still didn't get the car and the Clayton county police impound turn around and auctioned it off to someone else?
 

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Member Georgia Carry
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Yeah, but they got their money back along with a complimentary rental of stainless steel bracelets, and a proctology exam at their friendly neighborhood jail. :shakehead:

So after all this, they still didn't get the car and the Clayton county police impound turn around and auctioned it off to someone else?
 

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Cops, where ever they are.

Nemo
 
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